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Cynthia B. Astle

Grassroots UMC

News from local United Methodist congregations

  • FUMC Morristown TN

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    Tennessee UMC Hangs Cold Weather Gear on Fence

    First United Methodist Church of Morristown, Tenn., has an added use for its fence when winter arrives. Members hang hats, gloves, socks and scarves in plastic bags with notes inviting those in need to take them. Some 600 items for men, women, boys and girls have been given away each of the past two years from November through February, reported Knox News.com. This year, some 800 items have been picked up through the first week of February. more

  • Toiletries for homeless

    Community Pulls Together to Help Those in Need

    First United Methodist Women’s Ministry joined other community organizations in Paris, Texas, to conduct the fourth annual Point-in-Time Homelessness Count for Lamar County. The PIT count is mandated by HUD and the Texas Homeless Network as one of the prerequisites to securing state and federal funding, and was accompanied by a social services fair, reported eParisExtra.com. The churchwomen helped gather, sort and organize bars of soap, shampoos, lotions, toothbrushes, blankets, socks and snacks, which were distributed to the homeless. more